When I found out I was pregnant with my third boy, I made a decision: I was going to learn to cut my boys’ hair.
Prior to this I’d had ZERO experience cutting hair — I never even trimmed my own bangs! But, with a few tools and some trial and error, I figured it out and it has been awesome! If you’ve been wanting to give haircuts for boys a try but didn’t know where to start, this post is for you. Read on for my best tips and tricks for little boy haircuts at home:
HOW I USED TO GET MY BOYS’ HAIR CUT
Here’s what we used to do. I took my boys to our local SportClips every 2 months or so — if you’re going to go to a salon, that’s a GREAT one for boys. Mine always love watching sports on the TVs around the salon, and they give you a lollipop at the end. The stylists did a decent job but I sometimes left feeling like my boys’ hair didn’t look exactly like what I wanted.
It was also a hassle to drive over and back, and someone was always whining while we waited — just one more thing to add into our busy life when we’d all much rather stay home. Plus, even with coupons, 3 boy haircuts x 6 visits a year gets expensive fast!
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HOW I LEARNED TO CUT MY BOYS HAIR
Like I said, when I realized I’d have THREE boys who needed haircuts all the time, I thought I’d give it a go myself. I was nervous, but these three things gave me the confidence to do it.
1. I GOT A MENTOR. I’m the type of person who needs encouragement to try something new — I want someone to give me the OK before I move ahead. One of my friends cuts all her boys’ hair at home so I went to her house and asked her a million questions and even watched her do it. This was super helpful and was honestly the encouragement I needed to know that I COULD do this. If you need this, too, let me be the one to tell you: you can do it!
2 I watched a bunch of YouTube videos. There are so many that give you great tutorials on boys’ haircuts! (My husband and I know a bunch of people who went to legit cosmetology schools, so now we always joke that I, too, went to beauty school — YouTube Hair School.) These are some of my favorites:
Hair 101 by April has some great ones: How to Cut a Boys Pompadour Haircut and How to Cut Boys Hair Basic Haircut are two I’ve watched a lot, but she has a great playlist of 11 different boys haircuts
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How to Cut Boys Hair at Home from Legit Mom Life
BOYS’ HAIRCUT SUPPLIES
3. BUY THE RIGHT TOOLS. Then it was time to purchase my supplies! I got this Wahl Complete Haircutting Kit — it comes with clippers, guards, scissors, combs, and everything you need to get started (even a little guidebook!). We’ve had this set for almost 3 years and they’re still working work super well. FYI, this kit has color-coded guards (the little comb-looking things you clip ON to the clippers to determine how long you’ll cut the hair — starting a 1 for SUPER short (I’ve never used this one) all the way up to 8 (which is basically so long you don’t need clippers, ha). The guards in my kit are just all black, so this is a helpful upgrade.) Also, it comes with some oil for lubing up the blades but I never used it and we haven’t had any issues.
I also ordered scissors (similar to these) for regular hair cutting, and these texturizing scissors for blending not-so-neat hairs. MY hairdresser uses texturizing scissors on my hair, so I’d seen them used before and I knew they’d be handy to clean up my less-than-professional cuts.
We also have a trimmer, which is really helpful to use in trimming around their ears, neck and sideburns.
A spray bottle to wet down the hair.
And finally, so I could be REALLY professional ;), I got this hair salon cape for the boys to wear.
Other supplies that are helpful: a stool for them to sit on (we always cut hair in my bathroom, so we bring a stool up from the kitchen) / a phone or iPad so they can watch a show (this helps them sit stil!) / lollipops for a reward when you’re done. :)
HOW I CUT MY BOYS’ HAIR AT HOME
After all that, I was ready to cut my boys’ hair! My oldest boy has super straight hair and keeps his cut short, so I usually buzz the sides & back with the clippers (guard size = 3) — then on top, either use a longer size (guard size = 6 or 7) or spray his hair with water and use scissors. I grab some hair from the middle and snip off as much as I think is needed, then match up longer sections of hair and trim to that same length until I’ve done the whole head. I use a guard or the blending scissors to clean up any sections that don’t look even, and then use the trimmer around his ears & neck.
My middle boy has curly hair, which doesn’t need to be cut as often AND is so helpful because it’s not easy to see uneven cuts. :) I usually just spray his hair with water and snip away at wherever looks longest. Mostly I just eyeball it until I’m happy with how it looks.
And, my youngest boy is 2, so I actually have not cut his hair yet. :) My personal rule is “no Mom Haircuts until you’re 3” because…yikes. I’m not THAT good! I think it would be tricky to make sure a toddler holds still enough for a haircut, and I don’t want the hassle. For now, we take him to the Great Clips down the street and so far he hasn’t cared one way or the other.
And finally, let’s be real — I’m not a pro, but I’m learning! My skills are better as an upkeep-as-needed job, not THE all-the-time haircut. I still take my boys to Sports Clips once in a while — but for me, being able to keep that hair style up at home and clean it up myself between visits has been really awesome.
We’ve saved tons of money and time, I got to learn a fun new skill (and wear it like a boymom badge of honor!!), and my boys get to watch Netflix and chill from the comfort of their own home. It’s seriously been a win-win all around.
If I can do it, YOU can do it! Don’t be nervous —try these tricks to learn to cut your boys’ hair from home.